The Manson Frequency

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“Five to one, baby
One in five
No one here gets out alive”
–The Doors, “Five To One”

The passing of Charles Manson last year inevitably led me to revisit the Sinister Forces trilogy by Peter Levenda, with the “Manson Secret” being the “scarlet thread of murder” that runs through all three volumes. Merely dipping a toe within chapter 11 of book two, “Night Of The Long Knives,” is like plunging headlong into a rabbit hole of leviathan (every meaning of the word) proportions—a rabbit hole that not only encompasses Manson and the Sharon Tate murder, but Egyptian Gods, MKUltra, the JFK assassination, The Beach Boys, and even Richard M. Nixon.

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Aleister Crowley, This Was Your Life

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It is necessary, in this world, to be made of harder stuff than one’s environment.
–Aleister Crowley, “Moonchild”

I’ve found that if you do enough research on conspiracy theories or the occult, all roads link back to Crowley. Magician, poet, author, mountain-climber, yoga practitioner, drug-addict, and occasional maniac, Crowley was one of the decisive influences on modern Western occult philosophy and practice. (And it’s pronounced “Croly,” by the way.)

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The Complete Alternate History Of Jack Parsons

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“Only in the irrational and unknown direction can we come to wisdom again.”
–Jack Parsons

Note: I originally serialized this “imaginatively cogitated” version of the life of Jack Parsons in four parts…But you lucky devils, you’re gonna get the whole thing here—the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

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10.2.18: Don’t Say Nothing Interesting Happened Today

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“Fnord Torus”

“A photograph can show a physical image in which time is static, and a mirror can show a physical image in which time is dynamic, but I think what he saw on the mountain was another kind of image altogether which was not physical and did not exist in time at all. It was an image nevertheless and that is why he felt recognition.”
–Robert M. Pirsig, “Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance”

Please don’t let anyone tell you this is not a special or interesting day, because really, the historical record on this one runs like a catalogue of weirdness:

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